Read Acts 4
In today’s reading:
Pedro and Juan are imprisoned; believers share their possessions; Ananias and Sapphira; the seven chosen helpers; Esteban’s arrest
L to loyalty to the Lord and love for each other ran throughout the first church “And the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and none claimed to be his own anything he owned, but had all things in common. . . . (Because) all those who owned fields or houses, sold them, and brought the price of the sold, and put it at the feet of the apostles; and it was distributed to each according to his need ” (Acts 4: 32,34-37). No doubt, this was of great encouragement to the congregation because almost all the Jews who had confessed Jesus as the Messiah had probably lost their jobs. There is no mention that they were required to sell their property or share their wealth.
Ananias and his wife Sapphira also sold an inheritance; but they gave only part of the money to the church and at the same time proclaimed that they had given all the money just as others had done (5: 1-2). The property was theirs to do with what they wanted. Everything that was given was done voluntarily (5: 4). But, this “generous offering” by Ananias and Sapphira had been a lie to the Body of Christ – the church (John 8:44; Revelation 21: 8; Jeremiah 17: 9).
Today’s problem is even more serious, not because Christians keep the money from sales, but because many refuse to give even a tithe (10%) of all their profits, which is the minimum that God requires. for the ministry of His Word. Tithing is not an option given to us; It is a debt that we owe. God is the owner of everything He created, but He only requires that we give back to Him one-tenth of everything He has placed in our care, and thus we recognize that we are only stewards of His property. This principle was demonstrated by Abraham some 500 years before the Law was given (Genesis 14:20; Hebrews 7: 1-2). Later, the Law demanded «And the tithe (10%)of the earth, both of the seed of the earth and of the fruit of the trees, it is Jehovah’s; it is a thing dedicated (separate) to Jehovah ” (Leviticus 27:30).
The Holy Spirit also led Luke to write that no one can give more than God, for God said, “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed, shaken and overflowing they will give in your lap; for with the same measure that you use, they will measure you again ” (Luke 6:38).
Thought for today:Nothing is impossible. We are going to put our trust in God (see Philippians 4:13).
Memory Verse of the Week: Titus 3: 3